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Spring 2013 The American Kennel Club's Newsletter for Breeders
Puppy Evaluation
A Breeders’ Roundtable (Part Two)
By Arliss Paddock
Once the puppies in a litter are a few months old, it is time to decide which ones should go to homes where they'll strictly be beloved companions, and which are conformation or performance prospects.
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Special Savings from AKC Companion Animal Recovery
You already demonstrate your care and pride in your puppies by registering them with AKC. Have you considered taking the extra step and microchipping each puppy to help new owners with the first steps of being responsible dog owners?
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Barn Hunt
The New Sport of Barn Hunt
The Barn Hunt Association and the American Kennel Club are pleased to announce that as of April 1, 2013 the AKC will recognize titles earned in the new sport of Barn Hunt. The sport of Barn Hunt is based on the hunting and teamwork skills historically used by "rat catchers" who traveled the countryside ridding farms of vermin.
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Canine Brucellosis
Brucellosis is a canine disease caused by Brucella canis, a gram-negative bacterium. It is a very important cause of reproductive failure in the dog. This bacterium can cause abortions, stillbirths, sperm abnormalities and infection and inflammation of the testes. Spaying or neutering affected dogs will stop the reproductive signs but other clinical signs will be seen such as infections along the spine called discospondylitis, and diseases of the eyes.
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AKC Breeder articles are selected for their general interest and entertainment values. Authors' views do not necessarily represent the policies of The American Kennel Club, nor does their publication constitute an endorsement by the AKC.
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© 2013 American Kennel Club
The Whelping Box
A Wonderful Start
By Joan Steiner
The Whelping Box
I wanted to write this column to let everyone know you can show your own dog and have a great time doing it. Go out there and give it a try! Here is our story. My world started crashing in when my only sister passed away in 2009, followed soon after by the loss of my aunt and my first Terv. Though my family historically had many canine family members, including an Afghan Hound from Sunny Shay's Ch. Shirkhan of Grandeur (Westminster BIS winner in 1957), we had never entered the show ring.

Then I met my Terv boy Rio. He joined our family in 2010, and it was love at first sight. I had been to dog shows as a spectator, and I started thinking that getting out, learning new things, and meeting new people might be just what I needed at this difficult time. Rio has a very outgoing personality, with a silly side that is quite endearing. All I needed was the courage to go out there and show him. Rio certainly was willing and able.
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